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2017-18 Foundation Directors

The greatest asset of every successful organization is its people. The Quesnel Community Foundation is no exception.

2017 Board of Directors

Brian Black, Lisa Battram, Tom Weckworth, Mary Sjostrom, Bruce Broughton,
Gayle Campbell, Doug Service, Adrian Monych, Jim Gorsline
Anna Rankin - Coordinator


Board of Directors

Mary Sjostrom - President

Mary and her husband Butch have resided in Quesnel for the past 38 years and have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Mary is a former Licensed Practical Nurse and owner of Mary's Gifts for 18 years prior to serving 15 years on Quesnel City Council including 9 years as City Councillor and 6 years as Mayor. While serving with Local Government, Mary was elected to the North Central Local Government Association and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities as Director and President and is a Life Member of both organizations.

Mary has always been a Community Volunteer and has served on the Chamber of Commerce, Pallative Care Association, Quesnel Rotary, Shiraoi Twinning Society, BC Winter Games, and Relay for Life. Mary is currently serving on the Board of Governors of College of New Caledonia as Vice Chair of Regions and as Passenger Transportation Board Member. Mary served as a Steering Committee Member for the Quesnel Community Foundation and was very excited to join the Foundation Board last year and is currently serving as Board President. Mary feels that this is a great way to give back to the Community through this wonderful organization.

Bruce Broughton - Vice President

Bruce was born in Quesnel and is the fourth generation of his family to live in the area.  He has been co-owner of Willis Harper Hardware & Furniture for the past 17 years, and has served as president of the Downtown Business Association for 12 years. 

Bruce was the vice-chair of the Quesnel Economic Development Corporation for two years, and treasurer of the Quesnel Goldpanners hockey team for 15 years.

Married with two sons and has two grandchildren., Bruce is proud of our community and, besides hockey, enjoys hiking local areas. Bruce looks forward to working with the other directors on the Foundation Board

Tom Weckworth - Treasurer

Tom Weckworth is a designated CPA-CGA accountant employed with West Fraser Mills Ltd. in the capacity of Panels and Specialty Products Controller at their corporate office located in Quesnel.  He obtained his designation from the CGA Association of BC in 1996. 

In his 22 years at West Fraser, Tom has been responsible for successive roles in operations and corporate functions. As Panels Controller he is responsible for the financial activities of nine manufacturing facilities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Upon moving to Quesnel in 1997 he has been an active member in various community related volunteer activities and boards which included the Quesnel Sustainability Committee, Lightning Creek Ski Club, and Rotary. Tom enjoys many outdoor activities in and around Quesnel such as trail running, fishing, downhill and cross country skiing. He is an active bridge player with the Quesnel Duplicate Bridge Club and has run several marathons in the past few years.

Tom and his wife, Patricia, have raised 2 children, Samantha and Gillian, in Quesnel and were active in their numerous extracurricular activities such as soccer, alpine skiing, track and field, piano and dance. He is looking forward to sitting on the board of the Quesnel Community Foundation.

Lisa Battram - Secretary

Lisa has fond memories of growing up in Quesnel. After leaving in 1993 to travel and complete her B.Comm at the University of Victoria, she returned to the community in 2000 and began her career with West Fraser where she is currently in Lumber Sales.

Lisa enjoys music, sports, travel and the outdoors, and has coached various sports over the years, most recently for the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association. She has also helped with numerous fundraising efforts, including work as an active member of the Gala and Grants committees for the Foundation.

Lisa is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Quesnel Community Foundation Board and is proud to give back to the town of her roots.

Brian Black - Director

Brian is a graduate of UBC, a Professional Engineer and a First Class Power Engineer. He moved to Quesnel in 1974 to take a job at Cariboo Pulp later changing to Quesnel River Pulp. He had several different positions and was mill manager at QRP for several years before retiring

Like many others in the community, Brian and his wife Evi did not plan to stay but have become a part of the community and have raised their family, two sons, in Quesnel. Brian enjoys outdoor activities and self powered sports.  His particular passion is cross country skiing.  He helped found the Cariboo Ski Touring Club back in 1975 and has had a key role in the development of the Hallis Lake public recreation facility.  He is currently the president of the CSTC. He was also a board member and past chairman of the Quesnel and Community Economic Development Corporation.

Brian is happy to be involved with this very worthwhile organization and looks forward to giving his time, energy and experience to the Foundation.

Gayle Campbell - Director

Gayle Campbell is a proud life-long resident of Quesnel.  Gayle is married to Ron and they have raised two sons Josh and Travis and now enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren.

She has been employed with the College of New Caledonia for 20 years and currently works in the capacity of Project Planner.  With a strong belief in life-long education Gayle recently completed a Diploma in Business Management and has a designation as Certified Program Planner.

Gayle has spent years volunteering and has been involved with many community organizations in Quesnel.  Quesnel Minor Hockey, Dragon Lake Golf Ladies and Junior Clubs, Quesnel Millionaires Junior Hockey, Relay for Life and Quesnel Ladies Curling Club.

Gayle and Ron enjoy spending time with family and friends, golfing, curling and camping.

Gayle is honored to be part of the Quesnel Community Foundation and truly believes that Quesnel is a unique community where people work together to make things happen.

Adrian Monych- Director

Adrian is a retired teacher and Principal. He currently does contract work for the Quesnel school district and works for UNBC as a practicum supervisor of teacher candidates.

With his wife Judy, Adrian moved to Quesnel in 1971 and began his career teaching Social Studies at Cariboo Junior High School. He also taught at Quesnel Junior Secondary School and Correlieu Secondary School. While at Correlieu he coached volleyball and basketball. In the early 1990’s he moved to Maple Drive Junior Secondary as the Vice Principal. After one year at Maple Drive, he went to Kersley Elementary as Principal.  After two years he became the Principal of Maple Drive Junior Secondary and remained there until June of 2000. In July of 2000, Adrian became the Principal of Correlieu Secondary School and continued in that position until he retired in June of 2006.

Adrian and Judy enjoy golf, gardening, roaming in their fifth wheel and spending time with their families. They pulled the fifth wheel across Canada all the way to Newfoundland in the first summer of retirement and they always enjoy spending time with their grandchildren in Calgary.

Judy and Adrian intended to live in Quesnel for a few years and move back to the lower mainland. Fortunately this was not to be. They fell in love with Quesnel and raised their two children, Jennifer and Michael, here. “We have found the people in Quesnel to be incredibly supportive. Our community supports a wide variety of causes and readily comes to the aid of people”. 

Doug Service - Director

Doug was raised in Kamloops and graduated from Kam High in 1965.  While in high school Doug played basketball and started his career as a referee.

While at UBC, Doug met and married Sally; after graduation they moved to Quesnel – both he and Sally accepted teaching positions here, expecting to stay perhaps a year or two.  Their two children, Heather and David, were born in Quesnel, they built their first home at Dragon Lake in 1975 where they live to this day.

As an educator, Doug taught PE, Math, and Social Studies and was a Counsellor at Maple Drive, and Correlieu.  From 1988 – 1996, Doug held administrative positions at Maple Drive, Parkland and Red Bluff Elementary Schools.  Until retirement, Doug continued with his commitment to basketball in 'the North' - coaching both boys and girls teams from Grade 8 through Grade 12, and refereeing whenever and wherever he was needed.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Quesnel Basketball Officials' Association, and was president from 1985-90.  He received recognition as the Official of the Year from both the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials' and Basketball BC.  In recognition of his involvement in basketball, he was named to the Quesnel Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.  For the past 2 years, he coached his grandson's team at Carson Elementary!

Doug's community involvement has extended beyond School District 28.  He was a member of the Dragon Lake Improvement District and has served as a member of the CRD Area A Advisory Committee for 35 years.  Since retiring in 2005, he has been an active member of the Quesnel Seniors' Society, taking on the President's job in 2015.  Doug previously served one-3 year term as a member of the Quesnel Community Foundation and looks forward to working with this very worthy organization again.

Both he and Sally keep busy with volunteering, travelling, and enjoying their involvement with two very active, very busy grandchildren.

Jim Gorsline - Director

Bio to follow

 

2001 Steering Committee

Francine Gaetz

Dalton Hooker

Harlene Hunt

Bob Jaskela

Bob Norman

Brian Rankin

Ron Rasmussen

Ron Silvey

Mary Sjostrom

 

Past Directors

Alex Coffey 2008-2014

Dan Canuel 2010 - 2016

Sheri Coles 2010 - 2016

Dawn Debuc 2007-2008

Marty Duffy 2004-2007

Mel Dunleavey 2003-2006

Randy Evans 2001

Ellen Facey 2002-2008

Francine Gaetz 2001-2004

Margot Gagne 2014 -2017

Debbie Grantham 2005-2008

Dalton Hooker 2001-2002

Roy Josephy 2009-2015

Shirley Keen 2009-2013

Tobias Lawrence 2008

Gloria Lazzarin 2001-2003

Bob Lebeck 2011-2017

Ray Levac 2012-2015

Chris McIver 2008-2009

Kevin McKelvie 2008-2014

Peter McLoughlin 2013-2015

Elizabeth Neave 2002-2008

Bob Norman 2001-2009

Bob Patrick 2001-2003

Brian Rankin 2001-2004, 2006-2010

Ron Rasmussen 2001-2008

John Rousseu 2004-2005

Doug Service 2009-2012

Ron Silvey 2001-2006

Lorna Townsend 2006-2012

Simon Turner 2008-2010

Peter Walsh 2002-2008

Neal Wells 2010-2011

Heather Wuensche 2012 -2017

 

 

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Phone: (250) 747-3063
Email: qcf@shaw.ca
Charity Reg #: 88916 1717 RR0001
Quesnel Community Foundation
Mailing Address:
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Quesnel BC V2J 3J2

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